AT yesterday’s Council meeting the Shire Secretary (Mr. John E. Jones) read the following telegram from the Minister of Lands in connection with the High School movement:–
“Minister of Lands will visit Frankston tomorrow (Wednesday), arriving cricket reserve 11 o’clock, and desires meet one representative Shire and Mr. McComb for opposition.” (Dated, September 19).
Cr Gray asked if the report which appeared in “The Standard” regarding the recent visit was correct, as he noticed that other names were given of people present besides those mentioned in “The. Standard.”
Cr. Mason said he was shown the telegram in question, and when asked to represent the Council he respected the Minister’s wish. He had no idea in the world how the other people got there.
Cr. Wells: What was the Minister’s opinion re the other site inspected ?
Cr. Mason: He thought it too far from the railway station. He said he would confer with Sir Alexander Peacock and see if three or four acres of the old cricket ground could not be set aside for the school.
The Secretary said it looked from the report in “The Standard” that he gave out the information. He interviewed Cr. Mason and then he took the telegram to Mr. McComb. He objected to the statement in “The Standard” that the “tail was wagging the dog.” (Laughter).
Cr. Oates: I was present, and I make no apology for being there. Mr. McComb received a telegram apart from the one sent to the Secretary.
Mr. McComb came to me and asked if I would be in attendance. No one had more right to be present than I, seeing that I had to fight the election and was made to look small at the deputation. The election showed the Minister I had a majority.
Cr. Gray said that what he took objection to was that one side received all the information, while the other side received none. There was one man who should have been there and that was Mr. Ward, Secretary of the Peninsula Schools’ Association.
Cr. May: Hear, hear!
Cr. Gray: If the wish expressed in the telegram was observed by one side it should have been respected by the other side Cr. Wells should have been there.
He was not asking Cr. Oates to make any apology. He took it that Cr. Mason was quite a suitable man to represent the Council, but he would have preferred that the Minister had nominated Cr. Oates to represent the other side rather than Mr. McComb .
He did not know what was in the telegram received by Mr. McComb. The fact remained that the people who met the Minister had all taken an active part in the opposition.
Cr. Oates said he had not seen Mr. McComb’s telegram, and, in the absence of the telegram, he could not say whether Mr. McComb had acted within his rights or not.
A lot of people were wondering why certain people were notified of the visit.
The Secretary evidently did no more than his duty.
Cr. Longmuir said the discussion would clear the Secretary.
Cr. McCulloch said the Secretary was not to blame. He was sorry, however, that the Minister had resolved to see only one from either side. He considered Mr. Ward should have been present as secretary of the Peninsula Schools Association.
He (Cr. McCulloch) took it as an honor that he had been chiefly instrumental in forming the Schools Association, and was the first to advocate a High School.
Cr. May: Could the Secretary venture an opinion why Mr. McComb received a telegram?
The Secretary: No, I cannot.
The matter then closed.
THE Chief Veterinary Officer for the State (Mr Robertson) has stated that from October 1 to March 31 next, under the provision of the Dairy Supervision Act, all milk must be brine-cooled.
All milk must be water-cooled on the farm as soon as the milking process is over, and put over a brine-cooler before being delivered, the temperature to be reduced below 40 deg. F.
Any milk left over for house trade must be kept in a cool chamber or an ice-chest.
Milk sold to a consumer direct from the cow on the dairy farm need not be brine-cooled.
Dairy shops must have an ice-chest (provided with ice) to keep milk in from October 1 to March 31.
In the case of dairy produce and ham and beef shops separate ice-chests must be provided for milk only.
The attention of dairy farmers in the bayside and Mornington Peninsula districts is specially directed to the new rule.
MRS. F. W. Bartlett, of Frankston, who is visiting Monbulk, intends prolonging her stay there for an indefinite period.
THE sudden death occurred early this morning of Mr. John Brown, of Frankston.
MR. E. J. Parker, of the Bay View Hotel, Frankston, underwent an operation at Nurse Creswick’s Private Hospital this week for throat troubles.
His many friends will be pleased to learn that he is making a good recovery.
A EUCHRE party and dance, arranged by Sister Campbell, of St. Pancras Hospital, for the Frankston branch of the Alfred Hospital Auxiliary, will be held at Mrs. Garrood’s residence, “Clarendon House,” Frankston, on Wednesday next, October 11.
Proceeds are in aid of the Japanese stall for the forthcoming “Grace Hill” Garden Fete.
AT a meeting of the Board of Management of the Alfred Hospital, Mr. H. M. Collins, of “Grace Hill,” Frankston, vice-president of the institution, was unanimously re-elected chairman of the Council of the Alfred Hospital Auxiliary, a position which he has held since the inauguration of that organisation twelve months ago.
Laudatory references were made to the work of Mr. Collins in association with the Auxiliary, it being stated that much of the success of that movement was due to his personal activities and interest.
Mr. W. J. Fookes, also a member of the Board of Management, was elected as vice-chairman of the Auxiliary.
GREAT preparations are being carried out for the fete to be held in the grounds of “Gracehill,” the residence of Mr. H. M. Collins, at Frankston, on Saturday, November 18.
Something like a gala day is predicted for Frankston.
The fete, which is being organised by the Peninsula (Frankston, Somerville, and Mornington), branches of the Alfred Hospital Auxiliary, will be opened by Lady White and Sir Brudenell White, will take part in the opening proceedings.
Stalls will be located throughout the grounds, selling fancy articles, provisions, preserves, refreshments, afternoon tea, etc., while high tea will be provided for visitors before leaving.
There will be music and other attractions and a large number of visitors is expected from Melbourne.
From the pages of the Frankston and Somerville Standard, 6 October 1922